Thursday finds ... Esther Coombs

 Esther Coombs is a Ceramic artist who finds unwanted and unloved old china in charity shops and other bargain hunting treasure troves. She then realeases them back into the world with her own drawings decorating them.
Another Pls tea cup and saucer



  Seed Markers

Her drawings are also gracing the new window display at the Nicole Farhi  shop on Bond Street.

You can buy her pieces through her etsy page, on the notonthehighstreet webpage to name just two. All the details are on her own website.

She has hit on the right idea at the right time, when upcycling is definitely on everyones radar. Especially in the world of design. But more than that, she has that one final necessary ingredient, Talent. 

Comic dogs

Yes I know the pun was weak, but seriously who could resist. They're paper mache dogs covered in old Beano comics. Get it?
They are the work of Justine Smith. Her more recent work tends towards the more monetary in subject. She creates sculptures out of currency. Her dogs are still my favourite pieces by her, but I do like her money flowers, subtly done, at first glance the material is not apparent. She gets her point across but doesn't hit you over the head with it. 

Tuesday loves... Horacio

Horacio Salinas is a still life photographer with a little bit more in his portfolio than a bowl of fruit. The New York based photographer blends the banality of everyday objects with the surreal capture of apparent motion. I like that his photographs are thoughtful without being pretentious and each has a certain dark humour to them. Here are some of my favourites by him.


Monday looks at ... crochet beyond the pattern

Something a little bit different from the usual crochet blankets that people associate with the craft.
Crochet lamp by Amsterdam based designer Marcel Wanders

Photographic prints by etsy seller Knitalatte

If Hollywood is listening call Olly Moss

Ever see a film poster and think I could do that better. Well Olly Moss did just that. These are my favourites from his take on some of cinemas most iconic films.

I'm also liking these illustrations form him.

 A little bit of tongue in cheek, a lot of talent.

Thursday finds... flowers in the card

I read about 'seed cards' a while ago in a magazine and I'm almost certain it was for an Irish company, can I remember where I read it? Of course not, that would be too easy.

I did find these pretties sold by Felt and Wire, an online shop dedicated to paper goods.
The card is made with paper that has seeds in it, so that when you've finished reading it, and its gathered enough dust on your mantelpiece, you can put it in the ground and come spring Walah! A flower.
I also found a new shop Porridgepapers on etsy (new to me) that's about the same thing with the ol' seed paper. And the cards definitely get my vote too.
Blue man card $5

Clever and pretty. Unbeatable combo.

I'll definitely be adding seeds to the blender next time I make paper.

Wednesday's corked

For a while now I've noticed that more and more wine companies have been using those horrible plastic-esque corks in wine bottles instead of the real deal. I say if it aint broken don't fix it. 

But even if the wine industry is turning its back on the material it is popping up elsewhere.
Furniture designer Daniel Michalik uses cork to create these beautiful pieces.
Alentejo Bowl
 Cortica Chaise longue
Onda Wall instillation 

Another piece that caught my eye recently was by American design company Skram

 Cork Bowl 1 
 cork bowl with black lacquer base 

So here's to cork may it live long and prosper. 

Tuesday loves... the fun theory

I found this video on one of my blog hopping escapades a while ago.

Its all to do with this initiative by Volkswagen, who like many intelligent companies out there, realise that to capture the attention of buyers you have to capture their imagination.

They ran a competition where the entries had to demonstrate how to change peoples behaviour through the medium of fun. They havn't selected a winner yet but you can check out the contenders here. Some of the entries are just plain bizarre, but some ideas are actually quite good. My favourites were the Vending machine that recycles the cans after you've used them , the Periscope at the New York bus stop.

I blogged a while ago about clever advertising and it seems that Volkswagen can now add their name to the list.

Monday looks at... Inga

I'm liking these plumbing-esque inspired rings by jewelerry designer Inga Reed.Whether or not that was the intention thats what they remind me of. Maybe jewellery, like art, can mean different things to different people.

Alexander McQueen 1969-2010

Yesterday the world of fashion lost one of its own.The British designer Lee Alexander McQueen will be sadly missed.

 Rest in Peace

Thursday finds... the hidden messages

You'de have to be living very deep underground to not have realised that Valentines day is just around the corner. There are the cynics out there who pass it off as one big money making event on the part of Hallmark and florists worldwide, and at the other end of the spectrum there's the die hard romantics who probably have said florists on speed dial. Me, I'm somewhere in between.

But I will say that there's something to be said for the understated when it comes to romantic gestures. Theres only so many ways to say I love you before it all starts sounding and looking the same.
Which is why I liked this necklace by etsy shop Ada Rosman jewelerry

The numbers on the necklace stand for the number of letters in I love you. 143. And maybe all you rainmen out there got it in one but it took me a while, and I kind of like that.

Going as far back as the 15th century people have been writing valentines to each other. And over the centuries they've come up with some ingenious ways of saying those three little words.

There was the acrostic letter for the poets in us all.
 This poem sent to Edgar Allen Poe by his wife, the first line of each sentence spells out the poets name.

But I think the best traditional valentine has to be the puzzle purse.
The two below date from the 1830's. They worked rather liked a treasure hunt, the outside leaves, each numbered, would read like clues. As the recipient opened up the folded paper the hidden message would be revealed on the inside.
Now theres effort for you.

Gone in 60 days

The brainchild of Polish designer Katarzyna Okinczyc and photographer Remigiusz Truchanowicz. It is a carrier bag made from flax viscose non woven fabric. The flax fibre is from industrial waste and the technology used means that within 60 days of being dumped its like it never was. Its completely biodegradable.

The bag can come either with the 60 BAG.COM label or you can customise the branding. There are also a variety of styles and material thickness's.
Their main audience seems to be retailers who want to step away from the plastic and even paper bags to a far more eco-friendly solution. Pretty clever I say.

Tuesday loves ... Anne

Anne Black is a Danish ceramic designer based in Copenhagen. First up her work is beautiful, but there is also an intelligence behind the design.
Her 'black is blue range' has the design on the inside, a little twist on the norm.

 The decorative design of her 'Seam' range, the first collection by her, is a reflection on the markings sewing leaves on material.
Her 'Tilt' collection above with its slightly quirky shapes. 

She also does a selection of jewellery. Porcelain rings above. Stone necklace below.
Thank you Denmark.

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